The Arabic word "madarsa" translates to mean school. In the Islamic religion, madarsas are important centers for learning not only about Islam, but about secular subjects as well. The history of madarsa is extensive, and madarsas are utilized as centers of learning throughout the world.
madarsah, ( Arabic: “school”: ) Turkish Medrese, in Muslim countries, an institution of higher education. The madarsah functioned until the 20th century as a theological seminary and law school, with a curriculum centred on the Qurʾān. In addition to Islāmic theology and law, Arabic grammar and literature, mathematics, logic, and, in some cases, natural science were studied in madarsa. Instruction usually took place in a courtyard and consisted primarily of memorizing textbooks and the instructor’s lectures. The lecturer issued certificates to his students that constituted permission to repeat his words
As a center for learning and higher education, the madarsah originally focused on learning about Islam, memorizing Islamic texts and preparation for a life devoted to religious scholarship. Today, madarsa balance religious education with the study of secular subjects. However, the curriculum in madarsa depends on the location of the school. For example, madarsa in Western countries are more likely to promote math and other subjects than their non-Western counterparts. LOCATION madarsa are located throughout the world in cities large and small. In Western countries, madarsa serve as a place for Muslims to come together and bond. In non-Western countries, madarsa are the cornerstone for education, and aid impoverished families seeking an education, food and housing for their children.